There must be an automatic recoil on the Government benches when Christine Rankin’s name is mentioned. Even Bill Ralston has noticed the difficulty in which they find themselves with her latest embarassment:
We now have the ludicrous position where a Families Commissioner appears to run a shadow campaign by proxy, through surrogates, completely contrary to Families Commission Policy.
Even sillier is Social Development Minister Paula Bennett’s assertion that Rankin was only voicing a personal opinion. “I think it’s pretty clear that Christine Rankin was speaking as Christine Rankin and not as Families Commissioner,” Bennett finds that “acceptable”. No it’s not.
Could the State Services Commissioner come out and say the public service sucked and should be disbanded but that was just a personal opinion?….The Rankin appointment was a gift to the sharks of the media pack. Rankin was trailing blood in the water from the moment she was given the job and Paula Bennett better keep a look out for Jaws herself. It was a dumb appointment. Why doesn’t the Government just face up to that fact and terminate her?